They won't be ready for another 1-2 months... so you have time :) lol
Yes and no.. I could get more containers, but it will still mean I have well over 500 juveniles to care for - if 300+ are males (bred them in higher temps) then that means 300+ jars cleaning daily, etc etc.. it's a lot of work. Just doing the water changes on the two grow out tanks daily with an airline tubing and having to be careful not to suck up fry I don't want to cull.. replacing a total of 30+ gallons slowly and careful.. that takes an hour+ easily. Add in I have about 15+ individual small tanks for the breeding pairs and a few that need to grow up a bit more that will be bred in F1 and F2 series of my show fish.. so all of those individual containers + checking to make sure they are healthy, etc is another hour+. Also have plant tanks among community tanks (raising baby Ancistrus plecos and pregnant balloon mollies as well, and pet bettas..) and the feedings, which varies based on each fish (type of fish, age/size and preferences).. so my day for just cleaning and feeding takes roughly 4 hours total.
So adding in another couple hours with a couple extra grow outs and then hundreds more of jars.. it's a lot. Have a house to run, an 8 yr old autistic daughter, a dog, boyfriend and I'm a gamer.. all competing for attention as well. lol This was meant to be a small hobby lol. But a spawn this size, that has survived this long isn't common/normal.. and honestly it's recommended I cull to a reasonable amount. Give them a healthier life rather than a stunted, fighting for food kind of life.
As for culling.. and I use Clove oil and antacid tablets to put them to sleep. The I placed them outside in the garden.
Originally Posted by Myates
Started with trying to siphon out the small ones.. but they were too quick. Then used a net which wasn't too bad as long as they weren't at the side of the tank..
The I started using a 32oz cup to take out water and was able to grab more that way. Ugh.. will cull a little more each water change. Hate doing it this early, but have to bring the numbers down some in order for the survivors to grow/flourish. Otherwise I would need to purchase a few more 30gs just to hold them all. So for now, have them split up between 2 30gs.